176. The importance of witness does not mean that we should be silent about the word. Why should we not speak of Jesus, why should we not tell others that he gives us strength in life, that we enjoy talking with him, that we benefit from meditating on his words? Young people, do not let the world draw you only into things that are wrong and superficial. Learn to swim against the tide, learn how to share Jesus and the faith he has given you. May you be moved by that same irresistible impulse that led Saint Paul to say: “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16)!
It is often suggested a person needs knowledge about Jesus, usually deep theological knowledge to talk about him. What is most important is the ability to relate personal experiences. Theology is fine as an academic discipline, but a good disciple can find life experiences and events that relate to the Gospel and share with seekers on a level they can appreciate.
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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